any plant of a genus, Pieris, of American and Asiatic shrubs, esp P. formosa forrestii, grown for the bright red colour of its young foliage: family Ericaceae
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How to use pieris in a sentence
This insect is of Godart's fifth size, and comes very near to his pieris nina.
The pieris, on its part, takes good care not to touch the tithymals: they would endanger its life.More Hunting Wasps | J. Henri Fabre
The man who was the first to see his cabbage-plot devastated by caterpillars made the acquaintance of the pieris.More Hunting Wasps | J. Henri Fabre
The pieris cratgi fixes itself at sunset on flowers, where it is easily taken by the hand.The Insect World | Louis Figuier
I think the case of female pieris pyrrha proves that females alone can be greatly modified for protection.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II | Charles Darwin